Beat the heat: Grand Rapids public pools open for 7 weeks starting Monday – MLIVE

GRAND RAPIDS, MI undefined Need a cheap way to beat the heat this summer? You’re in luck because the city pools open tomorrow.

Full size city-owned swimming pools at Briggs, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Richmond parks open to the public on Monday, July 1 at 12:30 p.m.

The pool fees are the same as last year: $2 to use for adult city residents and $4 for all non-residents over the age of one. Ages one and younger get in free at all times. For city kids one to 17, the cost is $1.

The pools will be open for seven weeks, closing on Aug. 17. (They are also closed on July 4).

This year, only the three full-size pools are opening after city leaders elected to close the five remaining wading pools for kids around the city.

On June 18, the City Commission to put a request for a parks tax on the November ballot that. The proposed 7-year, 0.98-mill tax would raise about $4 million to supplement the city’s current parks spending of about $5 million per year.

Supporters of the tax say it could pick up the slack on neglected maintenance and extend the summer swimming pool season, and potentially fund construction of splash pads in neighborhood parks where kids used to play in the wading pools.

Grand Rapids in its 2013-2014 budget proposal plans to spend $647,000 out of its general fund on pool operation and maintenance. In 2012, admissions to the pools rose by 32 percent.

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